It’s been almost 50 years since mankind last set foot on the moon. But in August 2018, PTScientists from Berlin will be joining the race to go where no private company has gone before. The “new space” firm has teamed up with several partners to make this mission truly historic.
Launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, a SpaceX “Falcon 9” rocket will take the company’s Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) some 42,000km into space before setting it on its three day, 380,000-km journey to the moon.
Once it has landed in the Taurus-Littrow valley, two ultra-light, solar-powered Audi “Lunar Quattro” rovers will travel 5km to the site of the Apollo 17 mission and send data and high-resolution images back to earth. The mission will also use the module to set up the moon’s first data LTE (Long Term Evolution) base station for Vodafone to keep lunar communication costs from getting truly astronomical.